IEEE Research Boost | "Give your research an industrial edge"

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Event Description

IEEE Montreal Section and IEEE Industry Relations invites you to participate in the first Research Boost event to be held in Montreal on September 28, 2016. The aim of this event is to foster collaborative research projects and networking among the industry, government and academia, as well as to present some of the top candidates in their field of expertise. It is an evening event during which invited experts and leaders from the industry, government and academia, will present some of the state-of-the-art innovations in the fields of smart cities, intelligent transportation systems and internet of things. A special session is dedicated to a number of short-presentations to offer a great opportunity for participants, Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows, to present the significance of their research to the industry in front of a distinguished judging panel. All presentations should be in English, and the focus should be on the application(s), technology and industrial aspects, rather than mathematical equations.

Event Subjects

  • Smart cities
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Internet of things

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: August 31, 2016 @ 23:59 hr (EDT) [Note: no extension]
  • Author notification: September 6, 2016
  • Registration opens: September 6, 2016
  • Registration deadline: September 11, 2016

Registration

Registration is free but the number of places is limited. To reserve your seat, please follow the instructions here: RB2016 at Eventbrite

Abstract Submission

  • Research Boost 2016 encourage interested Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows to submit an abstract of length not more than 550 words for their research work. 
  • The abstract should be self contained and discuss critically the motivation, problem statement, as well as the proposed scheme and its applications.
  • The authors are required to submit a list of selected publications that have been carried-out in the same research problem within the past three years.
  • The authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit their presentation slides in PDF format, their photos and short biographies, and they will be provided with important guidelines for the short presentations. 
  • All abstracts should be submitted through the URL of Research Boost 2016 at Microsoft conference management toolkit (CMT) website: https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/RB2016. Steps: (1) Create New Account. (2) Logout. (3) Login by using the URL of RB2016 at CMT. (4) Select a track, and then create a new submission.
  • This chance will allow a participant to establish a research collaboration, get an internship opportunity, job offer or explore an entrepreneurship opportunity!

Organization Committee

  • Prof. Fabrice Labeau, McGill University, Chair of IEEE Montreal Section
  • Prof. Wei-Ping Zhu, Concordia University, Graduate Program Director of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Prof. M. Omair Ahmad, Concordia University, Research Chair in Multimedia Signal Processing
  • Prof. Walaa Hamouda, Concordia University, Research Chair in Data Communications and Networking
  • Mr. Mohamed Naiel, Concordia University, Chair of IEEE Montreal Industry Relations Committee
  • Mr. Raphael Tana, FONEX, Vice-Chair of IEEE Montreal Industry Relations Committee

Affiliations of Registered Participants

  • VILLE DE MONTREAL
  • IBM
  • ERICSSON
  • MITACS
  • NSERC
  • FONEX
  • KOOLICAR
  • TANDEMLAUNCH
  • INNOTIME TECHNOLOGIES
  • SEEDBOX TECHNOLOGIES
  • VIA CONSULTANTS
  • And more ... [TBA]


  Date and Time

  Location

  Contact

  Registration


  • Concordia University
  • 1455 Boul. de Maisonneuve O.
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • Canada H3G 1M8
  • Building: Hall Building
  • Room Number: H.767
  • Click here for Map

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  • For additional information, please contact:

    Mr. Mohamed Naiel
    Chair of IEEE Montreal Industry Relations Committee
    IEEE Montreal Section
    E-mail: m.a.naiel@ieee.org

  • Co-sponsored by IEEE Montreal Section and IEEE Industry Relations


  Speakers

Invited Keynote Speakers - Sessions 1 and 2

Invited Keynote Speakers - Sessions 1 and 2

 


 



Speaker 1: Mr. Harout Chitilian, Vice-président du comité exécutif, Responsable de la réforme administrative, de la Ville intelligente, des technologies de l'information et de la jeunesse
Talk title: "Strong partnerships make a smarter Montréal", or "Un Montréal plus intelligent grâce à des partenariats plus forts" 


Bio: For a second consecutive mandate, Mr. Chitilian was elected city councillor, in November 2013, for the district of Bordeaux-Cartierville in the borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville. He is the vice chairman of the Executive Committee of the City of Montreal, and is responsible for administrative reforms, youth programs, digital and smart city strategy and information technology.

During his previous mandate, he held an associate position in the Montreal Executive Committee for files pertaining youth and economic development. In 2011, Mr. Chitilian was designated the speaker of the Montreal city council, making him the youngest in the history of the city. Additionally, he served on the executive committee of the Conférences Régionales des élus (CRÉ) de Montréal, the Corporation of Economic and Community Development in the borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville, as well as on the board of directors of the MR3 Relève organization. Finally, since 2012 and until very recently, he has been the vice-chairman of the Comité Consultatif d'urbanisme (CCU) in this borough.

A resident of Montreal for more than 25 years, Mr. Chitilian received his engineering degree, in 2004, from École Polytechnique de Montréal.




 


Speaker 2: Mr. Jean-François Barsoum, Senior Managing Consultant, Smarter Cities, IBM, Canada
Talk title: "Smart Transportation Will Forever Change How Cities Are Built: Here's Why"


Bio: Mr. Barsoum has 20 years of experience at IBM, which began when he developed new technology business planning methods; this led him to training cohorts of consultants as they were hired into the business.

He continued consulting and secured mandates in various industries (mining, post secondary education, pharmaceutical industries are just some examples). He has been a keynote speaker around the world on the topics of smart transportation, smart cities, innovation, water management and climate change, and has been invited to advise governments on big data and clean technology initiatives.

In 2008, he was among the few Canadians selected by the Al Gore's Climate Project to receive training from the Nobel peace laureate. In 2011, he joined the board of directors of Mr. Gore's "Climate Reality Project Canada".  He is a director at the Canadian Water Network and works on several IBM initiatives related to resilience planning and cognitive computing, as well as a mentor in a Montreal-based smart city technology accelerator.





Speaker 3: Mr. Pierre Fitzgerald, Global Energy & Utilities Lead - North America, Ericsson, Canada
Talk title: "Industrializing Your Innovation With the IoT Accelerator"


Bio: Mr. Fitzgerald brings over 25 years of experience in the Information Technology and Communications industry, having led sales, delivery and consulting teams in different  sectors such as the Energy and the Utility space, Governments, Transportation and the Manufacturing  industries.

Pierre held various management and consulting roles with major organizations such as IBM, Coopers & Lybrand, DMR/Fujitsu, EDS and HP, before joining Ericsson in 2011.

With an experience which spans in operations and management, in both private and public sectors, he worked with clients over the years to bring expertise in many areas, such as Strategy and Corporate Development, Organizational Transformation and Management.

He is now part of the Ericsson Global Energy & Utility Team with a focus on working and supporting the Ericsson teams and clients in North America. 






Speaker 4: Mr. Matthew Smith, Partner and COO, TandemLaunch Inc., Canada
Talk title: "Network Error: Connection Refused – Understanding Non-technical Barriers to Technology Adoption"


Bio: Mr. Smith began his career working with early stage technologies in 2001 with DARPA-funded work at McGill University’s Center for Intelligent Machines where he led design of a legged robotics platform acquired by Boston Dynamics (now Google).

After a period in Core Engineering at Bombardier aerospace, he co-founded and was CEO of two startups; one a technology incubator spinning out patented technologies; the other a retail automation franchiser.

Other roles in early stage companies included Product Management, VP Operations and Chief Quality Officer in life science sector startup Aurora Interactive and VP Operations in industrial hybrid clean tech company EcoPower (acquired by Mi-Jack).

As Partner & COO of TandemLaunch, he combines his passion for entrepreneurship, corporate development and deal flow with deep expertise in execution (engineering, product management, quality and operations) to carry out his mandate as a mentor and interim executive for TandemLaunch’s promising early-stage incubated ventures.

Speakers - Session 3

Speakers - Session 3

 


 



Filippo Malandra
Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, 
GERAD and LORLAB research groups
"Performance Analysis of Large Scale RF-mesh Systems for Smart Cities and IoT Applications"


Bio: Filippo Malandra received his B.Sc. in Telecommunication Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 2008 with a final project on Underwater Acoustic Sensor Networks. He also received a M.Sc. in Telecommunication Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 2011, with a final project on "Energy Savings in Wireless Mesh Networks in a Time Variable Context". In 2013, he started a Ph.D. at the Electrical Engineering Department of Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal about the "Communication Networks Analysis and Design for Smart Grid and IoT applications". His research interests include wireless networks, performance analysis and design, network optimization, IoT, and M2M communications.




 


Shoukry I. Shams, PhD
Concordia University
"Textile Material Characterization for Wearable Antenna Design Based on Ridge Gap Waveguide Technology"


Bio: Shoukry I. Shams (S’04) received the B.Sc. (with distinction) and M.Sc. degrees in electronics and communications engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, in 2004 and 2009, respectively. He received the PhD degree in electrical and computer engineering from Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, Canada in 2016. From 2005 to 2006, he served as a teaching and research assistant in the Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering, Cairo University. From 2012 to 2016, he was a teaching and research assistant with Concordia University. His research interests include microwave reciprocal/nonreciprocal design and analysis, high power microwave subsystems, antenna design and material measurement. Dr. Shams was the GUC-IEEE student branch chair 2010-2012. He received the Faculty Certificate of Honor in 1999, The Distinction with Honor in 2004 from Cairo University. He received the Concordia University Recruitment Award in 2012 and Concordia University Accelerator Award in 2016.





Mengjiao Zhao
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University
"An Adaptive Wavelet Threshold Constrained Iterative Kalman Filter for Speech Enhancement"


Bio: Mengjiao Zhao received the B.Sc degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from North China University of Technology, Beijing, in 2014. She is currently working as a master research assistant in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of Concordia University. Ms. Mengjiao was awarded the first prize in the 2016 RESMIQ Scientific Poster Competition on Iterative Kalman filter-based algorithms with sub-band for single speech channel. Her research interests include the areas of speech analysis, speech enhancement, and signal processing.




 


Xinrui Pu
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University
"Multi-Channel Speech Dereverberation using Linear Prediction"


Bio: Xinrui Pu received his B.Sc. in Information Technology and Engineering from Southeast University, China in 2011 with the graduation thesis on filter antenna array. Currently, his a Master student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Concordia University, Canada. He is working as a research assistant on speech signal processing. His research interests include speech enhancement, beamforming, speech dereverberation and sparse signal processing.





Francois Ruelland
Dept. of Electrical Engineering, École de Technologie Supérieure
"Electric Train Simulations Involving Nonlinear Load Flow Calculations and Parallel Computing"


Bio: François Ruelland received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Laval University in 1981. He worked for a few years in the electrotechnical domain before entering the Société de Transport de Montréal (STM) in 1997. While working within the subway extension project toward the north, he attended graduate courses at École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS) where he received a Master degree in Engineering in 2005 for his project “une approche d’optimisation énergétique des profils de tunnel pour métro”. He obtained his PhD degree in electrical engineering at the same institution in 2013 for his research entitled “contribution à la modélisation et à la simulation énergétique des réseaux ferroviaires”. His current research at ÉTS pertain to load flow simulation of electrical train networks integrating nonlinear devices such as Energy Storage systems.





David Buzorgnia
Independent Researcher, Montreal, Canada
"Followers Allocation in Networked Systems"


Bio: David Buzorgnia received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering, power systems and M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering, control systems in 2008 and 2012, respectively. He joined APAC Research group, K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran as a research associate from 2012-2015. His current research interests include convex and non-convex optimization with real-time constraint, networked systems (theory and applications) including multi-agent systems, computer networks, and transportation networks, and flight dynamics control in different control levels involving low-level control which deals with positioning actuators and high-level control which handles the angular velocities commands.





Nazli Ahmad Khan Beigi
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University
"Increasing Bandwidth Efficiency Under Interference Limited Conditions using Overlay Coding"


Bio: Nazli A. Khan Beigi (S’15) received the B.Sc. degree from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2003, and the M.Sc. from the University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2005, both in electrical engineering. From 2005 to 2014, she worked as electrical engineer in industrial projects in Iran. She is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering at Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada. Her research interests lie in the area of wireless communications and include information theory, channel coding, rateless codes, network coding, and non-orthogonal multiple access channels.

Invited Keynote Speakers - Sessions 1 and 2

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Speakers - Session 3

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Agenda

Event Agenda

17:30   Registration opens and refreshments - In the presence of Prof. Alan Shepard, President of Concordia University.

18:00   Opening remarks

18:10   Session 1: Keynote invited speakers 

18:10    Mr. Harout Chitilian, Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee, City of Montreal; 
                                            Responsible for administrative reform, the Smart City, information technology and Youth 
                                            Talk title: "Strong Partnerships Make a Smarter Montréal", or "Un Montréal Plus Intelligent Grâce à des Partenariats Plus Forts" 
18:25    Mr. Jean-François BarsoumSenior Managing Consultant, Smarter Cities, IBM, Canada

                                            Talk title: "Smart Transportation Will Forever Change How Cities Are Built: Here's Why"
18:40    Mr. Pierre Fitzgerald, Utility Engagement Practice - North America, Ericsson, Canada
                                            Talk title: "Industrializing Your Innovation with the IoT Accelerator

18:55   Networking and refreshments

19:10   Session 2: Keynote invited speaker and funding agencies 

19:10   Mr. Matthew Smith, Partner and COO, TandemLaunch, Canada
          
                                 Talk title: "Network Error: Connection Refused – Understanding Non-technical Barriers to Technology Adoption
19:20   Mr. Jean-Philippe ValoisMITACS, Canada
19:25   Ms. Hélène Fortier, NSERC, Canada

19:30   Session 3: Competition

19:30    Filippo Malandra, and Brunilde Sansò
             Polytechnique Montréal
             "Performance Analysis of Large Scale RF-mesh Systems for Smart Cities and IoT Applications"

19:35    Shoukry I. Shams, and Ahmed Kishk
             Concordia University
             "Textile Material Characterization for Wearable Antenna Design Based on Ridge Gap Waveguide Technology"

19:40    Mengjiao Zhao 

             Concordia University
             "An Adaptive Wavelet Threshold Constrained Iterative Kalman Filter for Speech Enhancement"

19:45    Xinrui Pu
             Concordia University
             "Multi-Channel Speech Dereverberation using Linear Prediction"

19:50    Francois Ruelland, and Kamal Al-Haddad

             École de Technologie Supérieure
             "Electric Train Simulations Involving Nonlinear Load Flow Calculations and Parallel Computing"

19:55    Hubert Andre, and Jerome Le Ny
             Polytechnique Montreal
             "Privacy-Preserving Traffic Estimation"

20:00    David Buzorgnia
             Independent Researcher, Montreal, Canada

             "Followers Allocation in Networked Systems"

20:05    Nazli Ahmad Khan Beigi, and Mohammad Reza Soleymani

             Concordia University
             "Increasing Bandwidth Efficiency Under Interference Limited Conditions using Overlay Coding"

20:10    Questions and discussion: Moderated by the judging panel

20:20   Networking and refreshments

20:40   Closing remarks and award ceremony



Thanks to all sponsors, keynote speakers, judges and participants, three awards of values $400, $200 and $100 are given. More details and photos are found on the Facebook page of IEEE Montreal Industry Relations.